Cover of the UW College of the Environment Strategic Plan. Three researchers next to a body of water.
Download the UW College of the Environment 2024-2029 Strategic Plan (1.4MB PDF)

We are pleased to share the University of Washington College of the Environment’s 2024-2029 Strategic Plan.

As the largest environmental college in the country, we are in a unique position to shape not only the lives of our students, but the future of our entire planet. As we face the parallel crises of climate change, declining biodiversity and worsening health outcomes for those who bear the brunt of pollution and environmental degradation, we are training the next generation of environmental scientists and policy innovators who will help us rise to meet these challenges.

At this critical moment in history, it is more important than ever that we approach our work with strategic clarity. When we bridge the divides between disciplines, our College becomes greater than the sum of its parts, and our foundational research and solutions-focused innovation can flourish. We also recognize that environmental education must be inclusive and welcoming to all, and that our work can only succeed when we put justice and equity at the forefront. To these ends, the College of the Environment has embarked upon a strategic planning initiative which aims to maximize our impact throughout the state, country and around the world.

Learn more in the UW College of the Environment 2024-2029 Strategic Plan (1.4MB PDF)

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Stay tuned for a new Strategic Plan webpage launching in Summer Quarter 2023.

Strategic Planning Committee

The College’s Strategic Planning Committee brought together faculty, staff, students, external advisors and long-time supporters of the College, and served as the primary working body for the strategic planning effort. They considered and discussed bold ideas for the future of the College, particularly focused on ensuring we take full advantage of the breadth, depth and diversity of our scholarship to maximize our impact on a global scale.

  • Russell Callender (Co-Chair) Director, Washington Sea Grant
  • Shuyi Chen (Co-Chair) Associate Dean of Research, College of the Environment and Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Rick Keil (Co-Chair), Director and Professor, School of Oceanography
  • Peter Abe, Director, Seattle MESA
  • Dan Brown, Director and Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
  • Brendan Carter, Research Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies
  • Cailey Condit, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences
  • Stephanie Harrington, Associate Dean of Administration, College of the Environment
  • Gordon Holtgrieve, Associate Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
  • Sunny Jardine, Associate Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
  • Sally Jewell, Chair of EarthLab Advisory Council and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior
  • Joe Kobayashi, Adviser, Marine Biology Program
  • Ben Packard, Executive Director, EarthLab
  • Kristin Privitera-Johnson, PhD Student, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
  • Hettie Scofield, Department Administrator, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Kristi Straus, Associate Director and Associate Teaching Professor, Program on the Environment
  • Maya Tolstoy, Maggie Walker Dean of the College of the Environment
  • Braeden Van Deynze, Postdoctoral Scholar, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
  • Maggie Walker, UW Foundation Board Representative Director for College of the Environment, civic leader/philanthropist
  • Lillian Williamson, Undergraduate Student, Program on the Environment